According to reports, the United Kingdom paid compensation for approximately 300 Afghan civilian deaths.
According to a study of official papers revealed Thursday, Britain paid nearly $1 million in compensation for nearly 300 civilian fatalities during the fight in Afghanistan.
According to Ministry of Defense compensation logs obtained by London-based charity Action on Armed Violence, or AOAV, during Britain’s deployment in Afghanistan from 2006 to 2013, personnel paid $944,348.80 in compensation for the deaths of at least 86 children and 203 adult civilians.
According to AOAV, the British government paid out an average of $3,266 per life lost, albeit some of the payments were bundled with injuries and property damage, so the average is “somewhat inflated.”
The government awarded a family $5,811.23 in one of the largest settlements after their four children were erroneously shot and murdered in December 2009.
A 3-year-old kid was killed by shock from a controlled explosion during the same month, making her the youngest recorded casualty.
Compensation payments were “extremely uneven,” according to AOAV, with one family receiving $804.79 for the death of their 10-year-old son in December 2009 and another receiving $142.96 for a confirmed fatality and property damage in Helmand province.
In several cases, the government compensated Afghans more for property and animal damage than for human life lost.
In the 2009-10 fiscal year, there were 106 occurrences involving property that topped the sum paid to the 10-year-old or the nameless 2008 casualty, according to AOAV, including $908 paid as compensation for the loss of six donkeys “after they walked on to the rifle range.”
The majority of the killings that resulted in compensation happened in Helmand province, and payments saying that the deaths were caused by Afghan or US military were not included in the data provided by the organization.
According to an AOAV review of UN statistics, at least 20,930 people were killed or injured by international and Afghan troops between 2007 and 2020, with around one-third of those killed or injured by the Taliban and other anti-government groups. In addition, according to AOAV, 457 British servicemen were killed between 2001 and 2020.
The claim comes after the US confirmed last week that a drone attack on Aug. 29 killed 10 Afghan civilians, including six children, rather than one Islamic State-Khorasan Province terrorist as previously reported.
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